Hein, Dausen, Martin, and Rodriguez Join OMF Board of Directors

The Old Monterey Foundation (OMF) is pleased to announce four additions to its Board of Directors, beginning January 1, 2017: Brian Hein, Food & Beverage Manager at the Portola Hotel & Spa; Peter G. Dausen, Deputy Naval Support Activity Monterey; Ellen Martin, Art administrator and Executive Director for First Night Monterey; Esther Rodriguez, retired Human Resource Manager and fundraising volunteer for CSUMB, Monterey Library and other organizations. They will join other Directors: Toy Bryant, Mary Lou Cortright, John Gibbons, Salah Laasri, Fred Meuer, Bill McCrone, Frank Solecito, Melissa Thoeny, Steve Vagnini, Bill Wojtkowski. Officers for 2017 will be: Bill Wotjkowski, President, Frank Sollecito, Past President, John Gibbons, CPS, Chief Financial officer/Treasurer, Bill McCrone, Secretary.

The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization and is organized to promote, support and enhance the artistic and cultural environment of historic downtown Monterey, California. OMF is concluding its fifth year in operation and has many accomplishments, including presenting Art in the Adobes for three consecutive years, organizing more than a dozen lectures on significant historic topics free to the public, working with the City Cultural Arts Commission to raise funds to refurbish Monterey’s handpainted Angel street decorations. The major project at present is raising awareness and funds to implement the City’s plan for the Lower Presidio Historic Park. Announcement will be made soon concerning the installation of the major “public welcome” sign at the park entrance.

Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tour November 19th

Old Monterey Foundation continues to team up with noted Monterey Bay historian and author, Tim Thomas, who offers outstanding “Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tours” on the third Saturday of every month. On Saturday, November 19th, the Walking Tour will be held from 10 am – 11 am, and then attendees can watch the Hippolyte Bouchard Flag Raising Ceremony and Historic Re-enactment event from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Tim’s Walking Tour will finish up from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Tours meet in front of the City of Monterey’s Presidio of Monterey Museum, 113 Corporal Ewing, Building #113. From Monterey, take Pacific Street past the Monterey Conference Center and the First Theater to the end of Pacific where it forks, take the left fork;, turn left onto Artillery Road, turn right on Corporal Ewing Road and follow it a short way to the Presidio of Monterey Museum in the center of the Park against the hill; from Pacific Grove, take Lighthouse Avenue in New Monterey, bear right to go onto Pacific Street and then go to Artillery Road, turn right, and then turn right on Corporal Ewing Road and follow it to the Presidio of Monterey Museum.

Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at (831) 521-3304 or via email timsardine@yahoo.com. The tour is for ages 10-adult only and the cost is $20 for adults and kids are $15 (10-15 years). Group rates are also available.

About Tim Thomas

About the Lower Presidio Historic Park

Hippolyte Bouchard Flag Raising Ceremony & Historic Re-Enactment – Saturday, November 19, 2016.

Save the date for the Hippolyte Bouchard Flag Raising Ceremony and Historic Re-enactment event on Saturday, November 19th from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Join us at the Lower Presidio Historic Park, described as “One of the Most Historically Significant Sites on the West Coast”. Come learn more about Argentine Hippolyte Bouchard’s raid in 1818 when he attacked the City of Monterey, the only land and sea battle ever to occur on the West Coast of the United States.

The City of Monterey, in partnership with the Old Monterey Foundation, is presenting this free community event to kick off a series of events over the next years that celebrate Monterey’s rich past. Learn more about the early military history of the area. Hear Monterey Mayor Clyde Roberson proclaim its upcoming celebration of the Bicentennial of the Battle of Monterey. Dennis Copeland, City of Monterey’s Manager of Museums, Cultural Arts and Archives, will provide a brief military history of the very early period of the Lower Presidio Historic Park. See the Spanish flag lowered and the Argentine flag hoisted at the Bouchard Monument. Cheer or Boo as the “pirates” capture El Castillo and deploy to the Royal Presidio Chapel, now known as San Carlos Cathedral. It was built in 1794 and is the only remaining landmark from the time of the battle. Meet Argentine Captain Bouchard and his opponent Royal Governor Sola. Be the first to know about the plans for the Bicentennial of the Battle of Monterey and the initial planning for the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of Monterey coming in 2020. Bring the whole family and participate in all of the fun and pageantry on Saturday, November 19th!

Map and directions.

Please note that rain will cancel these events on November 19th.

For more information about City of Monterey Museum events visit www.monterey.org/museums or call (831) 646-5640.

Bill McCrone Interview

Bill McCrone, Board Member of Old Monterey Foundation was recently interviewed by Wendy Brickman, Host of the monthlly Brickman Banter Show on AMP Media.

In his fascinating 30 minute interview that featured many great illustrations, Bill shared the past, present and future plans for the Lower Presidio Historic Park and talked about the achievements of Old Monterey Foundation.

Click here to see the interview.

September 17 Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tours to Focus on the Native People of Monterey – the Rumsien/Ohlone

Old Monterey Foundation continues to team up with noted Monterey Bay historian and author Tim Thomas to offer outstanding Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tours on the third Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM to Noon.

The next walking tour on Saturday, September 17, 2016 will focus on the Native People of Monterey – the Rumsien/Ohlone.

There is archaeological evidence of prehistoric indigenous tribes, the Rumsien/Ohlone people, living at what is now the Lower Presidio Historic Park about 10,000 years ago. The remains of abalone shell fragments in the soil are evidence to all of us today. Tim Thomas will discuss their lives and the fascinating history of the Park.

Tours meet in front of the City of Monterey’s Presidio of Monterey Museum, 113 Corporal Ewing, Building #113. From Monterey, take Pacific Street past the Monterey Conference Center and the First Theater to the end of Pacific where it forks, take the left fork;, turn left onto Artillery Road, turn right on Corporal Ewing Road and follow it a short way to the Presidio of Monterey Museum in the center of the Park against the hill; from Pacific Grove, take Lighthouse Avenue in New Monterey, bear right to go onto Pacific Street and then go to Artillery Road, turn right, and then turn right on Corporal Ewing Road and follow it to the Presidio of Monterey Museum.

Advance reservations are required by calling Tim Thomas at (831) 521-3304 or emailing timsardine@yahoo.com. The tour is for ages 10-adult only and the cost is $20 for adults and $15 for kids 10-15 years. Group rates are also available.

About Tim Thomas

About the Lower Presidio Historic Park

September 8 Lecture on “The Figure in Art on the Monterey Peninsula and Beyond”

Old Monterey Foundation will hold its fourth and final free event as part of the 2016 Lecture Series on Thursday, September 8 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The Lecture Series is sponsored by The Marcia F. Devoe Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County for the third year as well as MIddlebury Institute of International Studies.

While the natural environment of the central coast has captivated artists from all eras, the figure has been just as enchanting. Painters such as Joan Savo, Charles Eckart, and Theophilus Brown depict figures in enigmatic poses both real and imagined, while photographers such as Ansel Adams, Dorthea Lange, and Pirkle Jones show us the rituals and circumstances of people caught in a moment of time. During this lecture, Ami Davis will discuss how the figurative tradition in painting, sculpture and photography influenced artists on the Monterey Peninsula and beyond in the Bay Area. She will present masterpieces from the Monterey Museum of Art’s collection of Monterey artists and explore their significance within the context of Western art history. This lecture complements the permanent collection exhibitions, “Re:Pose: Paintings” and “Re:Pose: Photography,” on view at the Monterey Museum of Art, Pacific Street, starting the summer of 2016.

Ami Davis (2)A
Ami Davis has been an art museum professional since 1998. She holds an M.A. in Art History from California State University, San Jose. She has served institutions such as the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Monterey Museum of Art, the Orange County Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art, and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History. She has also served as an instructor for courses in contemporary art at UCLA Extension and has been a panelist and presenter at numerous national museum conferences. She works toward making art meaningful and dynamic for all communities.

 

Free Admission-Reception to Follow

This lecture is suitable for ages 9 and up

For more information, call (831) 346-3030.

The lectures are very popular so attendees are urged to come early to secure a seat.

Image: Roland Petersen (1926 – ), Untitled (abstract figures), 1961, oil on board. Collection Monterey Museum of Art, gift of Barbara and William Hyland. © Roland Petersen